Ivawood was an easy winner of two prestigious juvenile races – the Gr.2 July Stakes and Gr.2 Richmond Stakes – and he went within a nose of winning the Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes. This grandson of Invincible Spirit showed that he was more than just a precocious juvenile by finishing third to Gleneagles in both the 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas. In being placed in the 2,000 Guineas he followed in the footsteps of his great-grandsire Green Desert, another July Stakes winner who has proved enormously influential as a stallion.
Ivawood is such a good-looking individual that he cost 220,000gns as a yearling. He also has some impressive bloodlines. His second dam Kinnaird won the Gr.2 May Hill Stakes at two and the Gr.1 Prix de l’Opera at four. In addition to Ivawood’s winning dam Keenes Royale, Kinnaird is the dam of Berkshire, a Group-winning miler at two and three.
Ivawood’s grandsire Invincible Spirit is one of two sons of Green Desert which have sired a pair of Gr.1 winners from MACHIAVELLIAN mares. He also has Gr.1 winners out of daughters of GULCH, KINGMAMBO, SEEKING THE GOLD and ZAMINDAR. Ivawood could suit mares by Machiavellian’s son MEDICEAN and KING’S BEST mares also appeal, while it’s also worth noting that Ivawood’s family has produced a Gr.3 winner to DUBAWI.
The AHONOORA line is likely to be an effective means of reinforcing Ivawood’s juvenile talent. Invincible Spirit has a tremendous 18% stakes winners with his 38 foals out of INDIAN RIDGE mares, with three Group winners among seven stakes winners. Invincible Spirit’s son Lawman has Gr.3 winners out of daughters of INCHINOR and INDIAN RIDGE. COMPTON PLACE, a son of INDIAN RIDGE, sired the Irish 2,000 Guineas second Shifting Power from Ivawood’s family.
Another option would be mares by ACCLAMATION. Invincible Spirit has several talented performers out of mares by Acclamation’s sire ROYAL APPLAUSE, plus a Gr.2 winner from a mare by Royal Applause’s sire WAAJIB.
DANZIG will be back in the fifth generation of Ivawood’s foals, which opens the door to mares from this line. Invincible Spirit’s top-class son Shalaa and his very smart sprinter Muthmir are inbred 3×3 to DANZIG. Ivawood has the potential to thrive with mares by fast sons and grandsons of DANEHILL, such as CHOISIR, CLODOVIL, DANEHILL DANCER, DANETIME, EXCEED AND EXCEL, FASTNET ROCK, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, KODIAC, MOZART and ROCK OF GIBRALTAR.
Invincible Spirit has Group winners out of daughters of SADLER’S WELLS, MONTJEU and GALILEO. Sons of Invincible Spirit have Group winners with dams by SADLER’S WELLS and TEOFILO.
Mares from the NUREYEV line could also suit, especially in view of Invincible Spirit’s fine record with mares by PIVOTAL and FASLIYEV. PEINTRE CELEBRE sired a good winner from Ivawood’s family in the form of the smart Salford Mill, who became a top winner in Hong Kong as Helene Mascot.
Plenty of Invincible Spirit’s Group winners have pedigrees containing NIJINSKY, via the likes of KINGS LAKE, GREEN DANCER, ROYAL ACADEMY and CAERLEON.
Sons of Invincible Spirit have Group winners out of grand-daughters of STORM CAT, by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and TALE OF THE CAT. Mares by FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND and SHAMARDAL could help Ivawood sire good 2yos.
The BLUSHING GROOM line demands respect. Lawman has two Gr.1 winners with dams by RAINBOW QUEST, while Invincible Spirit’s Prix Maurice de Gheest winners Moonlight Cloud and Signs of Blessing respectively have a dam by SPECTRUM and a second dam by NASHWAN.
A son of Invincible Spirit has two Group winners out of LINAMIX mares.
Ivawood’s sire, the very fast and precocious Zebedee, has also sired the smart sprinter Magical Memory from a CADEAUX GENEREUX mare.
A DUAL GR.2 WINNER AT 2 YEARS
DUAL CLASSIC PLACED MILER AT 3 YEARS.